I sat and read the first two chapters of Tales of the Always Night to Wump and Toop tonight. It was an interesting experience. I became aware that the first main chapter was rather too much waffling and politics without anything interesting, although Wump was still into it.
At the end, she asked me “what’s in the box? Is it the alicorn?” She knew the alicorn was coming, of course, because she requested it. But good to see she’s on the ball. Now I guess I need to get on with writing this thing.
Oh, and Wump was indignant about Kotar’s condescension. “She’s like a hundred and eighteen years old, and he still calls her ‘my child’,” she declared. She also calculated that a Molran of five hundred would be basically a teenager, and a grown-up would be one or two thousand. Which is … ehh, close enough. Yeah, this was a success.
We just started watching Babylon 5 again. Also fun, although it was a bit clumsy to start. Knowing how steadily it improves made it easier to get into it, but Mollari and G’Kar really did carry it for a while there.
I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends.
Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages?
I am Hatboy.